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RIBA approval for Kestrel’s new CPD presentation

Kestrel, the no lead, no tin, 100% calcium organic stabilised UPVC building products manufacturer, has recently been approved by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to provide Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to architects, specifiers and other professionals in the construction industry.

Complementing Kestrel’s sustained calcium organic to the core specification campaign, CPD presentations kick off in autumn with sessions already booked for October and November. The new CPD has been designed specifically to help specifiers understand the latest developments in roofline and cladding products and understand the imminent changes in legislation and impact of REACH and VINYL 2010 that are going to shake up the way the market specifies UPVC building products.

Tony Crutcher, Sales and Marketing Director of the Kestrel brand comments: “Over the years, PVC within building has raised much debate. Our CPD aims to set the record straight relying on facts, independent research and pending material legislation.

Its objective is to ask specifiers to challenge their pre-conceptions about UPVC as a material and ensure they are up to date with the latest next generation PVC-UE building products available for a future proofed specification. The 45-minute presentation (with 15 minutes for Q+A) covers the material’s mechanical properties, its sustainability credentials, whole life costing compared with timber, safety and design flexibility with facts and figures driven by case studies.

“With input from our Technical Director Dr Sean Cockett who has almost 20 years experience in the technical service and development of PVC materials, we want to make the point that in terms of sustainability all materials, including those like timber which some view as more environmentally friendly, have pros and cons. All materials have ‘issues’ when it comes to sustainability whether steel, aluminum, composites, PVC-UE or timber. Delegates will be expected to leave the course with an understanding of all the above issues relating to UPVC building products. They will be brought up to date with the latest legislation and pending legislation affecting the way they specify, and will have an awareness of the next generation of UPVC products.”